The Worst Movies Based on True Events

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20. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
> Directed by: Luc Besson
> Cast: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck
> IMDb rating: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 31%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58%

Director Luc Besson and star Milla Jovovich filmed “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” after working on the successful “The Fifth Element” together. The movie was criticized for — among other things — being heavy handed, and it flopped at the box office, grossing $14.3 million domestically against a reported $85 million budget.

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19. J. Edgar (2011)
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts
> IMDb rating: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 43%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 44%

“J. Edgar” is a movie about the rise to power of famous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The movie follows his life from a minor functionary to becoming one of most powerful men in the U.S., serving under eight presidents and through three wars. Though most critics gave a positive review of Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance of Hoover, they were not impressed with the narrative, calling it muddled and confusing.

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18. Lovelace (2013)
> Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
> Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone
> IMDb rating: 6.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 53%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 36%

“Lovelace” is based on the true story of adult film actress Linda Lovelace. The movie is meant to set the record straight about Lovelace, who became the poster girl for sexual revolution in the 1970s. Neither critics nor moviegoers were impressed. The film was slammed for lacking depth.

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17. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
> Directed by: Ridley Scott
> Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
> IMDb rating: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 32%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 50%

Ridley Scott’s “1492: Conquest of Paradise” centers on Christopher Columbus, who is played in the film by Gérard Depardieu. The 142-minute epic was a flop with critics, only 32% of whom enjoyed it, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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16. The Bling Ring (2013)
> Directed by: Sofia Coppola
> Cast: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
> IMDb rating: 5.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 60%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 33%

“The Bling Ring” was inspired by actual events. A group of celebrity-obsessed teenagers called Bling Ring rob famous people’s homes. Though more than half of film critics enjoyed the movie, just about a third of viewers liked it. The movie “suffers from director Sofia Coppola’s failure to delve beneath the surface of its shallow protagonists’ real-life crimes,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.